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Economic Development Initiatives


 Economic Development Strategy


The City of Yellowknife is committed to engaging our residents and businesses in growing and developing our community.

We support partnerships and initiatives that contribute to a diverse and vibrant local and regional economy, draw investment to Yellowknife and the NWT, and encourage new business and residents to join our growing and prosperous community. We enjoy working with local creative people and welcome your involvement in helping the City communicate better and enhancing our local economy.

The Economic Development Strategy is the result of learning from the past, using the knowledge of today and developing a vision for the future.  This vision sees Yellowknife as a city open for business, a diverse business community,  a dynamic, growing community and a talented and educated community.

City of Yellowknife's Economic Development Strategy 2020-2024

During deliberation of the 2019 Budget, Council approved the capital expenditure of $50,000 for the purpose of retaining  professional services to update the City of Yellowknife’s Economic Development Strategy that was completed in 2013.

To assist with development of the Strategy, Council established the Mayor's Task Force on Economic Development in May 2019. The Task Force provided feedback and direction throughout development of the Strategy. Interviews from a cross-section of key informants and a survey of local businesses were also conducted, the results of which helped inform the recommendations and priorities contained in the Strategy.

The purpose of the Economic Development Strategy 2020-2024 is to strengthen the economic base of the City and contribute to sustainable prosperity for residents and businesses.

At its meeting on April 14, 2020 Governance and Priorities Committee discussed a memorandum regarding whether to adopt for information the City of Yellowknife Economic Development Strategy 2020-2024. Committee recommended that Council adopt for information the City of Yellowknife Economic Development Strategy 2020-2024.

At its meeting on April 27, 2020 Council adopted for information the City of Yellowknife Economic Development Strategy 2020-2024.

At its meeting on March 22, 2021 Council adopted the proposed Implementation Plan for the recommendations arising from the City of Yellowknife Economic Development Strategy 2020–2024.

Downtown Revitalization Vision

On September 11, 2017 City of Yellowknife Council voted in favour to adopt A Downtown Revitalization Vision for Yellowknife. The Vision was initially presented to the Municipal Services Committee in a Memo on August 28.

Downtown Patio Incentives

 On June 19, 2017 City of Yellowknife Council passed Motion #0122-17 establishing a Downtown Patio Incentive and a Public Washroom Incentive.

Downtown Sidewalk Patios

  1. Applicant is issued a Downtown Sidewalk Patio Permit. Application package.
  2. Applicant completes construction of the Sidewalk Patio.
  3. City of Yellowknife Planner conducts a site visit to confirm that the patio has been constructed in accordance with the issued Downtown Sidewalk Patio Permit.   
  4. Applicant submits proof of construction costs to the Department of Planning and Development
  5. Department of Planning and Development verifies construction costs and authorizes issuance of the grant.

Outdoor Space Grant

The City is offering local businesses up to $10,000 to expand their outdoor space and we want to hear your ideas.

Possible scenarios include: 

  • Utilizing the sidewalk adjacent to your business
  • Using outdoor spaces (parking) for patios, tents and kiosks
  • Street closure for multi-business sidewalk sale

All ideas will be reviewed. 

Apply for an Outdoor Space Grant.

For more information contact the us at or 867.669.3424

Indoor Space Improvement Grant

From October 18, 2021, small and medium-sized businesses are invited to apply to the City of Yellowknife's Indoor Space Improvement Grant. Any reasonable and necessary expenses made by businesses to remain engaged with current and future customers throughout the pandemic may be submitted for reimbursement of up to $5,000.

Please Note: This program will consider any eligible costs/expenses incurred after May 10, 2021.

Apply for an Indoor Space Improvement Grant.

For more information, contact us at or 867.669.3424

Agriculture Strategy

 To find out more information on the City's Agriculture Strategy and other reports go to our Reports and Publications page and select Economic Development.

Wayfinding Strategy

To find out more information on the City's Wayfinding Strategy and other reports go to our Reports and Publications page and select Economic Development.

 Joint Economic Development Strategy - City of Yellowknife and YKDFN

In December 2019, the Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) and the City of Yellowknife signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which solidified the government-to-government relationship between the neighbouring communities. In the past, the two organizations have collaborated on projects with no formal strategy in place. The Joint Economic Development Strategy is intended to guide shared economic development interests and provide a framework for the partnership to move forward.

The purpose of the strategy is to support the communities of Yellowknife, Dettah and Ndilo in their efforts to maximize future economic growth and prosperity, to develop this partnership for future collaboration, and to benefit the residents of these communities. This strategy acknowledges the short-term economic challenges of COVID-19, as well as discusses our prosperous shared future.

With the help of business and community input, YKDFN and the City have conducted public consultations to explore economic and business opportunities for the communities.

And, on March 22nd, Council adopted for information the Yellowknives Dene First Nation and City of Yellowknife Joint Economic Development Strategy and its Technical Report.

For more information, contact: Department of Economic Development and Strategy (EDS) at 867.920.5600 or 

Business Licence Fee Waiver

The City of Yellowknife is taking action to help local businesses and our economy recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For 12 months beginning September 1, 2021, the City will waive business licence fees for eligible small and medium-sized businesses when renewing their licence. Businesses must be operating in one of the qualifying industries, licenced in Yellowknife, and have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. 

If requested, eligible businesses must be able to demonstrate a revenue loss of at least 20% between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Please, carefully read the FAQ before applying.

Apply online to waive your business licence fee or in person at the City Hall.

For more information, contact us at or 867.669.3424







Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours effective following the Victoria Day Weekend
until prior to the Labour Day Weekend (May to September)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address & Phone Numbers

Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

Switchboard - (867) 920-5600
Mayor/City Manager - (867) 920-5634
Booking Clerk - (867) 669-3457
Municipal Enforcement (MED) - (867) 920-5630
After Hours (MED) - (867) 920-2737
After Hours (Public Works) - (867) 920-5699